A Way of Looking

Enjoying and Understanding Visual Art

Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
February 6th - March 27th, 2019 (8 weeks)

Instructor: Mary Ayling

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“Art is the highest form of hope,” was a sentiment first expressed by German painter, Gerhard Richter, highlighting art’s ability to provide solace and comfort to humanity. Art speaks to us. But how do we listen? How do we have a conversation with it, about it? How do we experience its promise of hope? In this 8-week art appreciation course you’ll learn to enjoy and understand the language of art.  

Through a mix of lectures and hands-on activities we will explore topics including:

-    Why people make art

-    The relationship between artist and audience

-    How to approach the meaning of art

-    Themes of art as seen through Art History.  

Throughout the class, you will also learn about the vocabulary, methods, and materials used by artists. We will practicing looking art to help you get the most out of your visits to museums and galleries. You’ll also learn skills to confidently talk about art. You’ll leave the course feeling better equipped to richly experience, contemplate, and discuss the art you encounter at museums, galleries, and beyond!

No previous art experience is required for this course, just a curious mind and an enjoyment of the visual world! This art appreciation class is for anyone who wants to enjoy looking at art more.


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Window Seat School
250 Greenpoint Avenue #14
Brooklyn, NY 11222

  • ~ 5m walk from Greenpoint Ave G Stop.

  • On B24 bus line

  • Class is on the 4th Floor. Unfortunately no elevator is available.

Class Info:

  • Please bring a notebook/sketchbook with white paper for class activities (about 8.5 x 11” is good) and something to write with.

  • Class occurs on 4th floor of 4th floor walk-up

  • This class is for adults

  • All levels of experience welcome!


  • Contact clara.mcclenon@gmail.com


Window Seat School

250 Greenpoint Ave. #14
Brooklyn, NY 11222